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Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast Paperback – April 12, 2011
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“Bark―the tissue and the book―is elegant. As part of a tree’s basic structure bark is always present, is critical to a tree’s function and survival, and provides a diagnostic feature unique to every species. This surprising and engaging volume enhances one’s vision for trees and the diverse natural history that they support. Delve into it to expand your awareness and comprehension of nature.” (David R. Foster, director, Harvard Forest, Harvard University)
More About the Author
Michael speaks about and leads workshops on trees throughout the Northeast. He lives with his family, tucked into the woods of western Massachusetts. More about his work can be found at www.knowyourtrees.com.
Future events (Fall 2011):
Saturday, Oct. 24 - 3:00-6:00 - Charlton, MA - New England Environmental Education Alliance 2011 Conference, Prindle Pond Conference Center.
Saturday, Oct. 29, 9:30-12:30 - Stockbridge, MA - Bark: Know Your Trees - Berkshire Botanical Garden.
Saturday, November 5, 1:00-3:30 - Lincoln, MA - Bark: Get to Know Your Trees - Mass Audubon Shop & Drumlin Farm Sanctuary.
Sunday, Nov. 6, 1:00-4:00 - Easthampton, MA - Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast - Mass Audubon Arcadia Sanctuary.
Sunday, Nov. 13, 12:00-4:00 - Norwich, VT - Bark Basics: Know Your Trees - co-sponsored by Montshire Museum of Science and New England Wild Flower Society.
Saturday, Dec. 3, 9:00-12:00 - Hancock, NH - Bark: Get to Know Your Trees - Harris Center.
Top Customer Reviews
The reason I only gave four stars is because, as much as I like the book's concept, I don't think it quite accomplished its goal. I can recognize all of the trees in the book at a glance by bark, but I don't know if I could do it with some of them, starting over as a novice, using the book.Read more ›
This book, while targeted for the New England states, seems to share most of the trees we have in our hardwood forests. We don't have most of the birch trees, and only a few native conifers but overall it's been very helpful.Read more ›
I can often recognize a tree by its bark, but telling someone else how I knew was impossible - I just didn't have the vocabulary! And I couldn't figure out how to describe a bark I saw to remember it when I didn't have a guide with me. The use of the quarter for size basis is wonderful - I hate descriptions that are in centimeters or fractions of an inch!
The photos are amazing. Anyone who has tried to photograph something like bark will know how the light has to be just right. Too dim, no detail. Too bright, too many shadows and washed out color. I don't know how he did it!
It is definitely useful as a field guide - good descriptions, keys, but with interesting reading to boot. A great book that I am so pleased to have in my library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I took this book down to the pub to read last Sunday lunch time, and noticed that a lot of attractive woman kept commenting on how nice it was to see a man reading about bark. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Stephen Hunter
Love it! Read through the intro and then go outside- you've never seen a tree in this way before!Published 2 months ago by J Ohop
Those folks not interested in trees as such, but with interests that impact nature, completely useful in field, and creates interesting thought about wildlife, climate and the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by David H.
Unique book on tree identification by the bark. Especially good in the Northeast. Useful as a beginning guide in the Southeast. Good photos, useful keys. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Doctorm